Business and Technology Education Council

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The Business and Technician Education Council (BTEC) is a provider (existing as part of Pearson Education Ltd) of secondary school leaving qualifications and Further education qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The T in BTEC is often thought to stand for Technology but it actually stands for Technician from the former Technician Education Council.

BTEC qualifications are equivalent to other qualifications, such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) (levels 1 to 2), A Level (level 3) and university degrees (levels 6 to 7). BTECs are undertaken in vocational subjects ranging from business studies to engineering. Examples of BTEC courses include Business Studies, Applied Science, Engineering, Information Technology, Media Production, Health & Social Care, Travel & Tourism and Performing Arts.

BTEC qualifications, especially Level 3, are accepted by many universities (excluding Cambridge and Oxford unless combined with more qualifications) when assessing the suitability of applicants for admission, and many such universities base their conditional admissions offers on a student's predicted BTEC grades.


The BTEC (Business & Technician Education Council) was formed by the merger of the Business Education Council (BEC) and the Technician Education Council (TEC). The University of London Examinations & Assessment Council (abbr. ULEAC) and BTEC merged to form Edexcel.[1]

Awards and course system[edit]

School leaving qualification (Level 3)[edit]

The following Level 3 courses are intended for those with five or more GCSE grades A*-C including English, mathematics and science, or a Merit at BTEC Level 2 Diploma. The qualification names for Level 3 courses changed dependant on whether they were awarded though the National Qualification Framework (NQF) or the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF):

QCF NQF A level size equivalence
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma National Diploma 3 x A levels
BTEC National 120 Credit Diploma National Certificate 2 x A levels
BTEC Level 3 90-credit Diploma National Subsidiary Certificate 1.5 x A levels
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma National Award 1 x A level
BTEC Level 3 Certificate Subsidiary Award 0.5 x A level

School leaving qualification (Level 2 & Level 1)[edit]

  • BTEC First Diploma - Level 2 qualification, roughly equivalent to 4 GCSEs at A* - C grades or an Intermediate GNVQ. Suitable for students with 4 or more GCSEs at grade D or above, including Maths, English.
  • BTEC First Certificate - Level 2 qualification, roughly equivalent to 2 GCSEs at A* - C grades
  • BTEC Introductory Diploma - Level 1 qualification, roughly equivalent to 4 GCSEs at D-F grades or a Foundation GNVQ. Suitable for students with 4 or more GCSEs at grade E or above, including Maths grade E and English grade E.
  • BTEC Introductory Certificate - Level 1 qualification, roughly equivalent to 2 GCSEs at D-E grades

Further education (Adult courses)[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our history". Edexcel. Pearson Education. Retrieved 14 June 2014.